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The person who is third in importance, after the protagonist and deuteragonist, in an ancient Greek drama.
- ‘The third actor was called the tritagonist, and he played the smaller roles in each play, usually messengers and shepherds.’
- ‘At this moment it has already become clear that Sonny is the protagonist and Sal the tritagonist.’
- ‘These terms originate in classical Greek drama, in which a tenor would be assigned the role of protagonist, a baritone the role of deuteragonist, and a bass would play the tritagonist.’
- ‘In Agamemnon, there can be but little doubt that the protagonist impersonated only Clytemnestra, leaving the deuteragonist the briefer parts of the Herald, Cassandra, and Ægisthus, and to the tritagonist the Watchman and Agamemnon.’
- ‘As most plays called for three speaking actors, the protagonists probably chose their own second and third players - the deuteragonist and tritagonist.’
Late 19th century: from Greek tritagōnistēs, from tritos third + agōnistēs actor.
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